‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 3 Will Be Longer By One Hour


Earlier this month we got to see the first footage from the forthcoming third season of Game of Thrones on HBO and today we get to see a bit more video footage. Check out the video embed above for a very cool behind the scenes look at the art direction for GoT season 3. The real news today, tho, is that the upcoming third season of the series will be extended by an extra hour (spread across 10 episodes). Click below for deets on how GoT will be “supersized” for season 3.

The biggest production on TV of one of the biggest stories in fantasy is about to get a little, well, bigger. The Game of Thrones team is creating a “super-sized” third season of the hit series. With showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tackling content from the first half (roughly) of author George R.R. Martin’s largest Song of Ice and Fire novel (the 973-page fan-favorite A Storm of Swords), the writer-producer duo are delivering slightly longer episodes to the network. There’s still 10, but you’ll get a little more each week than previous seasons. “There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season,” Weiss says. “One of the great liberties with HBO is we’re not forced to come in at a specific time. We can’t be under 50 minutes or over 60, but that gives us a lot of flexibility.” “A super-sized season, as befitting Storm of Swords,” Benioff adds. “Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57.” In fact, the third season finale is expected to run more than an hour — a move that requires special permission from the network (previously, the show’s pilot and its second season finale exceeded an hour). Episodes are still being calibrated so exact times could change, but HBO and producers are confident the season will deliver more Thrones than ever before. Says HBO in a statement: “All 10 episodes gained a minute or two from past seasons with the finale very possibly exceeding 60 minutes.” “So for people clamoring for another episode, it’s in there,” Weiss says. “It’s just been cut into tiny pieces.”

Woot! Game of Thrones is such a great show that I’m always so pissed off when an episode ends. It’s already a bummer that the season is only 10 episodes long (as opposed to other cable series that are 12 episodes long and network TV series that are 22 episodes long) so any way to extend the eps is welcome news in my book. March 31st can’t get here soon enough for me!


  • Meghan

    I am always up for more Game of Thrones! Season 3 should be fantastic!

  • nicole

    woooo! this news makes me very happy